A strong earthquake near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific this afternoon has not led to a tsunami alert for the U-S West Coast. Officials at the Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, say the 8.1 magnitude quake was not sufficient to generate a tsunami that would hit California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia or Alaska.

The center says some of these areas may see non-damaging sea-level changes.

Two large back-to-back earthquakes centered in the region of the Solomon Islands triggered a small tsunami that affected part of the islands today. The first one happened around 4:40 p.m EST. The second earthquake occurred just minutes later. It's effect on the islands and their population is not immediately known.

Although fears about such widespread damage are now diminishing, at one point, Australia and Indeonesia were among the areas named in a warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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